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September 12, 1966
The Dallas Cowboys once believed that they could win the East on the strength of their stunning defense. They were wrong. Balance is a requisite for success in the NFL, and this year the Cowboys have it. The defense is as stout as ever, and Dallas will win the Eastern championship with a suddenly potent offense—the running of Don Perkins and Mel Renfro, the passing of Don Meredith and the receiving of Bob Hayes, Pete Gent, Buddy Dial, Norman Pettis and Frank Clarke. The blocking of an offensive line that has been together long enough to become first-rate will afford the spindly-legged Meredith time to pass and enough weeks of good health to lead the team to the divisional title.
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September 12, 1966

Dallas Cowboys

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There is little more that Landry can do to polish his defense, one of the best in either division. The front line, built around Bob Lilly and George Andrie, is second only to the Ram front four. Tough Lee Roy Jordan has matured into a knowledgeable, quick middle linebacker. He is flanked by Chuck Howley, a corner linebacker who has not received the credit he deserves, and Dave Edwards or Harold Hays.

The Dallas secondary is a capable unit, even though Landry has taken Renfro from his safety spot to spice the offense. Mike Gaechter, who replaces him, is just as fast and more experienced. Warren Livingston, Obert Logan and Cornell Green all have exceptional speed. Livingston and Green have 11 years of experience between them; Logan, in his second year, was one of the good surprises of the Cowboy camp a year ago and is even better now.

With a decline in the quality of the opposition in the East and an increase in their own striking and defending capabilities, the Cowboys are title-bound.

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